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Study at the University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle is a top ten-ranked Australian research university located on the Australian east coast, 150km north of Sydney. It has close to 22,000 students on three campuses:

  • Newcastle CBD
  • Callaghan (City Suburb)
  • Ourimbah (80km north of Sydney)

The university has five faculties:

    Business and Law

    Education and Arts

    Engineering and Built Environment


    Science and Information Technology

We offer over 150 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including an MBA offered online, by distance learning and on-campus. International students have access to pre-degree programmes and to a state-of-the-art Language Centre.

Language Requirement

Assessment for admission to the University is based on your academic qualifications and English proficiency.

International students must satisfy the University's English Language requirements.

The University offers preparatory English language courses through the Language Centre for students requiring additional English language tuition.

The Language Centre

Since 1988, the University's Language Centre has offered English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) to applicants whose English proficiency does not meet University requirements. All of the Centre's courses are accredited by the National ELIOCS Accreditation Scheme, and the Centre is a member of the ELICOS Association and the University Language Centres of Australia.

The Centre is also an official test centre for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). High quality services are available to all students through the Centre's excellent facilities, including purpose designed language, video and computer laboratories and private study and resource areas, which are available to students 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Admissions Information

Entry requirements

A list of qualifications that meet the University's Academic requirements for entry to Bachelor degree programs can be found on the University website.

The normal minimum entry requirement to a Postgraduate program is a completed degree from a recognised tertiary institution. Many programs also have additional entry criteria such as work experience or audition tapes.

Research programs require that students have research experience and an honours degree (first class), a research-oriented graduate diploma, a completed Masters qualifying course with a research component, or evidence of scholarly or professional experience.

For any more information about your eligibility for entry to any academic program (including the International Foundation Program) please complete and submit the enquiry form on the website


All overseas students are required to pay the full cost of their tuition, which ranges from A$12,000 to A$37,000 per annum for undergraduate programmes. These figures are indicative only. In addition, you will need to budget for approximately A$12,000 per annum to meet accommodation and living expenses. It is very difficult to find temporary employment in Australia, and you should not rely on this to support yourself. Fees information for all study levels are located on the University website.

Application deadlines

10 January for Semester 1 entry

10 June for Semester 2 entry

30 September for Bachelor of Medicine

 Student Experience

"I undertook 10 weeks of ELICOS in order to meet the English language requirements of the University. The course was relaxed and friendly and was a great foundation for my further studies, not forgetting to mention that I met lots of friends in the classes. I chose to undertake my Masters in Biological science by research because I prefer the structure to that of coursework. In China I have had limited research experience in the Biotechnology of flower cultivation and my studies here are giving me wider understanding of molecular biology and genetics."

Hua Su, Masters of Biological Science (Research), PRC

"I like the University of Newcastle because there are not that many distractions from my studies and the bushland setting means there are lots of places for me to study and relax. The courses are very engaging and the lecturers and tutors are always involving me in the class discussions. They really encourage me to learn about the intricacies of the Australian strands of my course. Public Relations is a very international course and will allow me to work anywhere in the world. I would love to get a job in Australia in entertainment and sports PR."

Patricia Udoto, Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations), Kenya

"I love life in Newcastle! I have a great balance in my lifestyle. I am currently paying US$43 a week to live in a great place overlooking the beach! Newcastle is the perfect nucleation point for travel; I can fit in trips up and down the coast between studies with ease. Sydney is only a short trip by train. I'm so amazed by the level of entertainment that such a relatively small city like Newcastle can produce. There are always huge international acts here, and they play in quite small venues. The nightlife, local music, huge variety of activities, and beaches Perfect!!"

Henry Hansch III, Master of Business Administration, USA New Jersey

 Programmes Available

The University of Newcastle offers programmes or courses in the following areas:

Accountancy, finance and insurance

Architecture, construction, building and surveying

Arts and humanities

Computer Science and IT


Education and teaching


Health and medicine




Retailing and marketing


Social sciences

Tourism, leisure and hospitality

The University International student website contains Application on our Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework, Postgraduate Research, Study Abroad, and Language Programs.

A Total Experience

Living in Newcastle

A lively port city on a breathtaking stretch of Australia's coastline, Newcastle boasts wonderful beaches, a low cost of living, a very favourable climate, a casual lifestyle, and it's not far from Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales.

Its population of 350,000 supports a thriving business and commercial sector and an excellent network of leading healthcare and educational facilities. Newcastle offers all the usual city attractions, such as restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping centres and nightclubs.

Newcastle is also a popular tourist destination. It has two airports with regular services to and from Sydney. It is close to the main F3 Freeway to Sydney, a drive that takes about two hours and the railway link to Sydney is excellent.

A few kilometres south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Less than one hour's drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular centre for big game fishing, sailing, surfing, and sailboarding. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old. And to the south is the beauty and beaches of the Central Coast.

Campus Life

There is so much to do on campus to keep your mind and body active! Join one of 33 sporting clubs - Archery to N.U.D.E.S. (Newcastle University Dive and Exploration Society), water-skiing to La Pena. You can swim in our 50 meter indoor heated pool, do aerobics, martial arts, weights, personal training, use the squash or tennis pavilion, take part in a recreational program such as belly dancing, golf or surfing.


The University offers both on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

On campus, the university offers approximately 1,000 beds in three colleges and a motel standard residence (Barahineban) located on the south-eastern corner of the Callaghan campus. International House allocates up to 50% of its beds to international students, while Edwards Hall and Evatt House provide up to 25% of their beds to international students.

The university also recognises the importance of secure, affordable and comfortable accommodation for those students who would prefer to live off campus and operates an Accommodation Service on both campuses that can provide a range of free and confidential services to assist in your search.


Visit the University of Newcastle International website for additional information and to submit an online enquiry.


The International Admissions Officer

Admissions Centre

Student Administration Services, Student, Alumni and Community Services

The University of Newcastle

Callaghan, NSW 2308 Australia

Phone: +61 2 4921 6595

Fax: +61 2 4960 1766